It’s official. Radiant Orchid (pinkish-purple for the colour-blind among us) is so last year. The New Year will be all about Marsala, according to Pantone who has named the earthy red tone as their 2015 Colour of the Year.

Every year US-based colour authority Pantone identifies a key hue that will tinge the next 12 months. This year it was the fuscia tone of Radiant Orchid. For 2015 the shade is Marsala. Here’s Pantone’s vision for how their colour choice will influence interior design in the coming year:

“Complex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces. Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint.”

While Pantone’s Colour of the Year choice has its lovers (reminds them of food and booze) and haters (reminds them of dried blood), we are pleased to say that we like Marsala. The earthy wine red is so versatile that you don’t need to spend huge amounts of moolah to rejuvenate your interiors using this shade.

Its warm hue is well-suited to living and family areas where you want to create a sense of welcome, nurture and comfort. Alternatively, it’s a colour to consider for a feature wall in the master suite or guest bedroom. We’ve put together some interior design tips for how you can splash a bit of Marsala around your own home. Read on:

  • Because of its rich undertones, Marsala pairs well with neutrals, amber and golden yellows. Give your family room or parents’ retreat subtle highlights by placing a couple of Marsala-toned cushions amongst some burnished gold cushions (below right).
  • Create a plush, luxurious look with Marsala-toned upholstery – check out the beautiful dining chairs below left
  • Marsala in stripes or patterns can be found in placemats, table runners and soft furnishings, such these outdoor cushions (main image) which are perfect for adding colour and warmth to your outdoor room.

Pantone's marsala features in these upholstered dining chairsTry pairing marsala-shaded cushions with burnished gold